I’m not certain, but I’m pretty sure that’s a dog’s head on a cat’s body.
comicsinthecoffeeshop asked: Like, actually marrying, or "mai waifu" marrying?
Like, actually marrying on August 17th. We have the venue and hotels booked, the menu planned, the guests invited, and are still working on a lot of the other brain-crushing details that go into planning a wedding. But yeah, every now and then I tell her she’s gonna be “mai waifu.” She usually just laughs, and then calls me something really explicit that I won’t say publicly.
Consequently, lumping “trolls” into one discrete group is not only not helpful; it’s harmful. If there really were some clear-cut division between troll and not-troll, all we’d need to do to solve the very real problem of online harassment and bigotry is ban the trolls—and then boom, suddenly we’d have a fair and equitable Internet. Right? Not quite. Because the fact is, the division between trolls and regular Internet users is hardly clear cut. Compartmentalizing bigoted speech and behavior within some poorly-defined online non-category—“trolling”—that somehow manages to subsume every unpleasant interaction on the internet while establishing a clear demarcation between the “them” who trolls and the “us” who does not only obscures that fact, and precludes serious conversations about systemic harassment and bigotry.”
— Whitney Phillips - The Daily Dot - A brief history of trolls (or, what exactly is a troll?)
describing all problematic online behaviors as trolling and all online aggressors as trolls is a bad idea. Not because there is only one “correct” way to troll, as some trolls might insist, but because using the term as a stand-in for everything terrible online is imprecise, unhelpful, and—most importantly—tends to obscure the underlying problem of offline bigotry and aggression.”
What’s more, trolling in this newly-established subcultural sense, whose most conspicuous characteristic was that participating trolls proudly identified as such, was directly plugged into, and in fact provided a great deal of creative fodder for, a little thing called meme culture.”
Ladies and gentlemen, the woman I’m marrying.
Whitney Phillips in The Daily Dot - A brief history of trolls (or, what exactly is a troll?)
Keep in mind that there is a pretty wide circle of people in the Tumblr user Venn Diagram who:
- Are more or less happy with Tumblr the way that it is
- Have nothing specific to fear with a change of management or ownership, or even a modest change in dashboard behavior
- May find it appropriate and…
The Tech Crunch article here has some of the vital stats you need to know about Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr in case you haven’t read about it yet. I’m only linking to it because of the graphic.
So here are my initial thoughts:
This is great for Yahoo. They wanted to score cool points, and Tumblr is certainly cooler than any of their existing properties.
Some Tumblr users are obviously going to feel like the company “sold out.” Those kids need a reality check. Tumblr, as a company, has been about making money from the start. This ain’t free and open software built for the good of the community. If that’s what you want, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Does this mean that Yahoo didn’t really acquire all the “cool points” that it thought it was getting? I’m certain that people within Yahoo and Tumblr anticipated some user backlash to the acquisition and have some sort of contingency plan in the works. Even though Instagram lost some cool factor after being acquired by Facebook, I still know plenty of regular people (those who don’t work in social media) that use it. I think Yahumblr will work similarly.
But — I predict — within the next year we’ll see sponsored posts introduced to the main feed rather than being relegated to the sponsored posts area. Yahoo will most likely want to maximize their ad revenue. This will annoy some more users. Some little Tumblr exodus movements will spring up, but so far there really isn’t a better version of the same thing. WeHeartIt has already been around for some time and it’s no better.
Okay, that’s all for now. I’m going to take Nathan to the biggest dog park I’ve ever seen in my life.
PS: Oh yeah! I just want to add that at a time when every other startup and social media whatsamajigger has been laying off employees or going bankrupt, I really can’t hate on anyone for escaping the looming spectre of the Web 2.0 crash.
Pretty sure you’re not supposed to interact with your alternates. Oh well. This timeline was fun while it lasted.